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New Japan minister hit by S&M bar scandal

Tokyo - Japan was stung Thursday by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister -- whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending -- admitted that his underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar.

Japan PM Abe loses two female ministers over cash scandals

Tokyo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback Monday with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his proclaimed gender reform drive.

Japan ministers at Tokyo war shrine despite warming China ties

Tokyo - Three nationalist ministers in Japan's cabinet paid homage at a war shrine hated by China Saturday, despite tentative signs of a thaw in Tokyo's long-frozen relationship with Beijing.

Japan's nuclear reactors near active volcanoes 'unsafe'

The unexpected eruption of Mount Ontake in Central Japan on Sept. 27 has renewed concerns over nuclear power plants' safety. A prominent vulcanologist is disputing the decision to put two Sendai nuclear power plant reactors back on line.

Typhoon Vongfong slams into Japan

Tokyo - Powerful typhoon Vongfong barrelled into Japan's main islands Monday, with at least one person missing and scores injured while more than 550 flights were grounded, officials and local media said.

Powerful typhoon Vongfong churns towards Japan

Naha - Powerful Typhoon Vongfong churned towards Japan on Saturday, injuring at least 20 people as it pounded the southern Okinawan islands with ferocious winds and driving rain.

Häagen-Dazs Japan releases gold and silver ice cream

Would you believe that Häagen-Dazs Japan's releases for December 9 include in their ingredients Ashirai silver foil, wine from Bordeaux, and specks of gold leaf?

US military officials feared dead as typhoon slams into Japan

Tokyo - Strong typhoon Phanfone slammed into Japan Monday, packing gusting winds and huge waves that swept three US military officials out to sea in another stark reminder of the country's vulnerability to nature.

US military officials feared dead as typhoon slams into Japan

Tokyo - Strong typhoon Phanfone made landfall in central Japan on Monday, slamming into the archipelago with winds of 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour and making a beeline for Tokyo, the country's meteorological agency said.

Four more bodies found on Japan volcano as typhoon nears

Tokyo - Authorities found four more bodies on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano Saturday as they resumed a search stalled by heavy rain, but a typhoon threatened to further hamper the recovery operation.

16 still missing on Japan volcano, typhoon threatens recovery

Tokyo - Sixteen people remain unaccounted for on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Friday, as a typhoon looming off the coast threatened to further delay the stalled recovery operation.

Japan, S.Korea agree to work towards warmer ties

Tokyo - Japan and South Korea pledged Thursday to work towards the celebration of half a century of normal diplomatic ties, the latest in a series of baby steps as frosty ties gradually thaw.

Japan volcano dead found crushed between boulders: report

Tokyo - Rescuers searching the volcano that erupted without warning in Japan found dead hikers wedged between huge rocks and people half buried in ash, it emerged Thursday.

Tide of world opinion turning against Japan over whaling decision Special

Portoroz - The slow tide of world opinion is turning against Japan's recent decision earlier this month to flout international law and resume whaling in the antarctic in 2015. Especially after news came out about Japan's so-called "scientific research."

Japan volcano death toll hits 47 as new bodies found

Otaki - The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 47 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 11 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak.

Fears over fresh eruption cancel Japan volcano search

Tokyo - Rescue operations on a Japanese volcano were halted for the day on Tuesday because of fears there could be a fresh eruption, officials said, with at least 24 bodies still on the mountain.

Japanese bassist comes to the U.S. to fulfill musical dreams Special

Tucson - When Koko Matsumoto was 16 years old, she moved across the globe from Tokyo to Tucson for one reason: American rock music.

Japan volcano rescue suspended as death toll rises to 36

Tokyo - Five more bodies were found near the peak of an erupting Japanese volcano on Monday, as rescuers suspended their search because of the growing danger from toxic gas.

More than 30 feared dead on Japan volcano

Tokyo - The first deaths were confirmed Sunday among more than 30 hikers feared killed near the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted without warning, spewing ash, rocks and steam.

Volcanic ash cloud engulfs Mount Ontake hikers, more than 30 dead

Otaki - Dramatic footage shows the enormous volcanic ash cloud as it descends down Mount Ontake, engulfing hikers as they attempt to flee. Japanese officials have confirmed more than 30 hikers have been found in "cardiac arrest" and presumed dead.

Rescuers rush to reach dozens trapped on erupting Japan volcano

Rescuers rushed Sunday to help dozens of hikers stranded on an erupting volcano in central Japan with six people believed to be buried under ash and dozens injured.

One dead, dozens stranded on erupting Japanese volcano

Tokyo - Dozens of hikers were stranded Saturday on the slopes of an erupting Japanese volcano that has reportedly killed one person and left 30 more seriously injured.

Japan, Mexico to join UN peacekeeping

New York - Japan and Mexico will contribute troops to UN peacekeeping, a top UN official said Friday following a top-level meeting aimed at shoring up blue-helmet missions worldwide.

Japanese company announces space elevator to be completed by 2050

Tokyo - Although it may sound like something from a Hollywood science fiction movie, engineers at a prominent Japanese construction company are serious about building the world's first working space elevator.

Strong quake hits Japan

Tokyo - Buildings in Tokyo shook Tuesday as a strong quake hit Japan, AFP reporters in the city said, but there was no immediate risk of a tsunami and no damage was reported.

Japan PM Abe to host women's conference

Tokyo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday was due to host a three-day conference on women in the workforce, as the country grapples with boosting a low female participation rate.

Japan mob boss arrested for alleged murder

Tokyo - Japanese police on Thursday arrested the leader of a particularly brutal yakuza organised crime syndicate for allegedly gunning down a man in public, a police spokesman said.

More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

Tokyo - More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a new poll revealed Wednesday, after two years of intense diplomatic squabbles.A survey conducted in both nations found that 53.

Japan PM's new picks deny neo-Nazi links

Tokyo - Two newly-promoted Japanese politicians moved Monday to distance themselves from allegations of extremism after pictures emerged of them posing alongside the leader of a domestic neo-Nazi party.

Japanese PM ends Sri Lanka trip with visit to temple

Colombo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered flowers and worshipped Monday at a historic Buddhist temple outside Colombo as he wrapped up his two-nation South Asian tour that also took him to Bangladesh.
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